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Fishing is a mechanic in Rune Factory 4 that allows you to catch fish to sell, cook, or give as gifts. You have to unlock the mechanic through a request that requires you to catch a fish and give it to Vishnal; simply catching the fish, shipping it, or giving it to the wrong person will not clear the request.

You receive your first fishing rod as part of this request. To catch better fish, you will need better rods. To get the recipes for these rods you will need to buy and eat Farming Recipe Bread from Porcoline's restaurant. You won't be able to learn the recipes without a high enough skill, however, and to make rods you will need a forge from Bado.

Fishing is a relatively simple affair where you equip your rod and use the B button to cast your line into the water. Fish-shaped shadows will tap repeatedly at your lure; at about the third tap, a fish will get "caught", creating a visual and sound effect of splashing water. At that point, you need to press B again quickly to reel the fish in. If you press B too early or too late, you'll lose the fish and need to recast your line.

All fish and other fishable items (such as boots) appear as moving, fish-shaped shadows. The rarest fish and items appear lighter than normal. This effect can be obscured by certain in-game weather and lighting effects; lower brightness settings can also make it more difficult to see. Many relatively rare fish, such as the Taimen and Yellowtail, have large shadows; however, some of the more desirable rare items appear smaller, such as the Rare Can and Legendary Scale.

What you can catch appears to be affected by the following factors:

  • where you are fishing
  • what season it is (if you are fishing in Selphia)
  • your fishing skill, and
  • your fishing rod

An NPC in the game advises you that you can reinforce your fishing rod with fish to make it easier to catch those fish. An exact explanation of how this mechanic works is not given directly, but it hints that you should add fish into the recipe as you craft a new fishing rod.

Fishing Rods

Fishing Rod Charge Level
Beginnerspole Cheap Pole None
BeginnersPole Beginner's Pole 1
SkilledPole Skilled Pole 2
FamousPole Famous Pole 3
SacredPole Sacred Pole 4

Depending on what rod is used, different charge levels can be reached.

Percentages of fish per fishing spot

Rod Empty Can Boots Rare Can
Cheap Pole 4.74 8.62 0.43
Beginner's Pole 4.78 7.39 0.87
Skilled Pole 3.13 6.25 1.34
Famous Pole 3.67 2.75 1.83
Sacred Pole 0.49 0.49 1.94

Fishing Locations

Selphia Summer Area Fall-Winter Area
Selphia
SummerArea
FallWinterAreaRF4
Spring Area Yokmir Forest Water Ruins
Idra Cave Idra Cave Idra Cave
Idra1RF4
Idra3RF4
Maya Road Sechs Empire
Maya4
SechsTerritory2

Fish by Name

Kind Rank Size Area
Spring Summer Fall Winter
Fish 1 35 - 50
Name Sell Buy Shadow Locations
Masu Trout
MasuTrout
15G 300G normal Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring), Spring Pond, Water Ruins (All Areas except left) , Maya Rd
Squid
Squid
24G 400G normal Selphia Gate (Summer/Fall), Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Summer/Winter), Autumn River, Winter Pond, Silver Lake, Spring Pond,Water Ruins (All Areas), Idra Cave: 1st floor, Idra Cave: Basement 2, Maya Rd, Sechz Territory
Taimen
Taimen
6,500G 78,000G faint Keeno Lake, All Seasonal Ponds, Yokmir Forest: Waterfall, Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave Basement 2, Maya Rd, Sechz Territory
Sardine
Sardine
70G 1,200G normal Selphia Gate (Summer/Fall), Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Summer/Winter), Autumn River, All Seasonal Ponds, Silver Lake,  Water Ruins (All Areas), Idra Cave (All areas except Basement 2), Maya Rd, Sechz Territory
Char
Char
92G 1,800G normal Selphia Gate (Summer) Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Summer), Keeno Lake, Summer Pond, Yokmir Forest: Waterfall,  Yokmir Forest: Lillypad Area, Water Ruins (All Areas except boss), Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave: Basement 2, Maya Rd, Sechz Territory
Chub
Chub
130G 2,600G normal
Glitter Snapper
GlitterSnapper
8,800G 120,000G faint Autumn Pond, Winter Pond, Summer Pond
Skipjack
Skipjack
220G 4,500G
Turbot
Turbot
120G 2,500G normal
Gibelio
Gibelio
100G 2,000G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area
Salmon
Salmon
80G 1,350G normal Fall: Autumn Spring
Mackerel
Mackerel
60G 1,000G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area, Summer Spring
Needlefish
Needlefish
30G 500G normal
Pike
Pike
12G 240G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area, Summer Spring
Sunsquid
Sunsquid
6,800G 74,000G faint Everywhere, but Selphia Town
Shrimp
Shrimp
85G 1,500G normal Summer Spring, Idra Cave Basement 1
Snapper
Snapper
1,280G 14,800G Selphia Gate (Summer), Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring/Winter), Autumn River, Autumn Pond, Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave: Basement 1&2, Maya Rd 
Throbby Snapper
ThrobbySnapper
3,500G 38,000G faint Selphia Dragon Lake (Spring), Keeno Lake, Seasonal Ponds (All Season), Autumn River, increased chance on bad weather), Water Temple and Idra Cave (All Area)
Rainbow Trout
RainbowTrout
150G 3,000G normal Spring : Selphia Castle Gate, Summer Spring
Flounder
Flounder
190G 4,000G Winter : Selphia (Dragon Lake), Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
Blowfish
Blowfish
4,200G 57,000G faint Selphia (Town: Winter), Winter Pond, Silver Lake,  Yokmir Forest (waterfall), Maya Rd, Sechz Territory, Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
Yellowtail
Yellowtail
3,800G 45,000G faint
Crucian Carp
CrucianCarp
35G 620G normal Summer Spring
Tuna
Tuna
5,600G 61,000G faint Summer Pond, Autumn Pond, Winter Pond, Maya Rd, Sechz Territory
Girella
Girella
45G 850G normal Fall : Selphia Housing Area, Summer Spring
Fall Flounder
FallFlounder
2,000G 27,000G Fishing (RF4)#Sercerezo Hill (Spring spring), Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
Cherry Salmon
CherrySalmon
18G 350G normal
Lamp Squid
LampSquid
1,800G 21,000G faint

Selphia Dragon Lake (All Seasons) and Autumn pond, Autumn River, Symmer pond, Keeno Lake, Idra Cave, Water Ruins and Mt. Maya Trail.(increased chance on bad weather) 

Lobster
Lobster
960G 9,600G faint Kenno Lake, Summer Pond, Winter Pond, Silver Lake, Spring Pond, Idra Cave: 1st Floor, Idra Cave: Basement 1, Maya Rd
Pond Smelt
PondSmelt
10G 200G normal Water Ruins (Chimera Spot), Fishing (RF4)#Autumn Road and Silver Arch
Sand Flounder
SandFlounder
38G 700G normal Sercerezo Hill (sand pond)
Rockfish
Rock Fish
1,040G 10,400G normal Sercerezo Hill (sand pond)

Other Fishable Items

All fishable items have shadows in the shape of fish.

Name Sell Buy Shadow Notes
Dragon Fin
Dragon Fin
10,000G 300,000G faint Very large shadow. Found in Spring Spring and Selphia Castle Gate, possibly other areas. Also a monster drop. Can be bought from Raven once shipped.
Round Stone
Round Stone
50G - faint Very tiny shadow. Found in Yokmir Forest (waterfall). Cannot be purchased.
Legendary Scale
Legendary Scale
3,000G 50,000G faint Found in Maya Road, Dragon Lake, Selphia: Housing Area, Sercerezo Lake, possibly other areas. Can be bought from Raven once shipped.
Boot
Boot
2G 8G normal Found anywhere. Can be bought from Arthur.
Can
Can
1G 5G normal Found anywhere.Can be bought from Arthur.
Rare Can
RareCan
300G - faint Found anywhere. Cannot be purchased.

Fish by Location

Season affects fish availability in Selphia, but does not appear to affect fish availability in field and fishing spots. Boot, Can, and Rare Can availability is not noted due to these items being available in all fishing spots.

Selphia Town

Name Spring Summer Fall Winter
Selphia Castle Gate Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Squid, Squid, Char, Mackerel, Pike, Sardine, Turbot, Girella, Shrimp, Rainbow Trout, Chub, Snapper, Crucian Carp, Dragon Fin Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Sardine, Turbot, Salmon, Girella, Chub Cherry Salmon, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Legendary Scale
Selphia: Dragon Lake Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot, Lobster Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Turbot, Pike, Shrimp Char, Crucian Carp, Glitter Snapper, Girella, Lamp Squid, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Salmon, Shrimp, Squid Cherry Salmon, Chub, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Yellowtail
Selphia: Housing Area Rainbow Trout, Throbby Snapper, Squid, Masu Trout, Glitter Snapper Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot Gibelio, Girella, Pike, Mackerel Blowfish, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Squid, Yellowtail
Selphia: Melody Street Char, Cherry Salmon, Girella, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Skipjack, Squid Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Pike, Sardine, Tuna, Turbot Chub, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack Cherry Salmon, Chub, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Squid, Tuna

Selphia Plains

Fishings spots found in Selphia Plains, Selphia Plains West, or in dungeons of Selphia Plains.

Name Fish Other Map
Summer Spring Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Shrimp, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail F3
Keeno Lake Char, Chub, Crucian Carp, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardine, Shrimp, Sunsquid, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail Dragon Fin E1
Selphia Plains West
(lily pad area)
Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Shrimp, Tuna, Turbot F8
Selphia Plains West
(lily pad area 2)
Crucian Carp, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Sardine, Shrimp, Turbot G12
Yokmir Forest
(waterfall)
Blowfish, Char, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Mackerel, Rainbow Trout, Taimen Round Stone 3
Yokmir Forest
(lily pad area)
Char, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Mackerel, Rainbow Trout 5
Water Ruins
(Main)
Needlefish, Shrimp, Squid, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cherry Salmon, Char ??
Water Ruins
(Chimera Spot)
Throbby Snapper, Girella, Pike, Mackerel, Cherry Salmon, Masu Trout, Crucian Carp, Pond Smelt C1

Sercerezo Hill

Fishings spots found in Sercerezo Hill or its dungeons.

Name Fish Other Map
Spring Spring Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen Dragon Fin, Legendary Scale A1
Sercerezo Lake Char, Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Girella, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Sardine, Squid Legendary Scale D1
Sercerezo Hill
(lily pad area)
Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Skipjack, Squid Dragon Fin D4
Sercerezo Hill
(lily pad area 2)
Cherry Salmon, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Rainbow Trout, Squid D5
Sercerezo Hill
(sand pond)
Sand Flounder, Rockfish B5
Idra Cave
(1st floor)
Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Crucian Carp, Gibelio, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Snapper, Throbby Snapper, Squid, Sunquid, Taimen Legendary Scale D1
Idra Cave B1 Chub, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Sardine, Shrimp, Snapper A6
Idra Cave B2 Char, Crucian Carp, Lamp Squid, Shrimp, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen E3

Autumn Road and Silver Arch

Fishings spots found in Autumn Road and the wintery area west of Autumn Road. Also, Maya Road, which is directly connected to Autumn Road, and Sechs Territory, which Maya Road connects to.

Name Fish Other Map
Autumn Spring Chub, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Glitter Snapper, Lamp Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack, Snapper, Taimen, Throbby Snapper, Tuna, Turbot E4
Autumn River Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lamp Squid, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Snapper, Squid, Throbby Snapper, Turbot H2
Autumn Road
(lily pad area)
Chub, Crucian Carp, Mackerel, Pike, Skipjack, Taimen, Turbot I4
Autumn Road
(lily pad area 2)
Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Pike, Salmon, Sardine, Skipjack, Turbot J2
Winter Spring Blowfish, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Fall Flounder, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid, Sunsquid, Yellowtail F2
Silver Lake Blowfish, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Fall Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid, Sunsquid, Yellowtail H1
Silver Lake
(lily pad area)
Cherry Salmon, Chub, Flounder, Girella, Mackerel, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid F1
Silver Lake
(lily pad area 2)
Cherry Salmon, Girella, Lobster, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Sardine, Squid G1
Maya Road Blowfish, Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Crucian Carp, Fall Flounder, Flounder, Girella, Lamp Squid, Lobster, Mackerel, Masu Trout, Needlefish, Pike, Pond Smelt, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardine, Shrimp, Skipjack, Snapper, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Tuna, Turbot, Yellowtail, Throbby Snapper Legendary Scale B7
Sechs Territory Blowfish, Char, Cherry Salmon, Chub, Flounder, Gibelio, Girella, Mackerel, Needlefish, Pond Smelt, Rainbow Trout, Sardine, Skipjack, Squid, Sunsquid, Taimen, Tuna, Turbot C3

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